On Friday, Honourable Vice President and Minister of Health and Child Care General (Rtd) Dr C.G.D.N Chiwenga officially launched the 2020 joint commemorations of the Global Hand Washing Day, National Sanitation Week, World Toilet Day and Wash Finance Week Budiriro 1 Primary School in Harare
Honourable Vice President noted that this year’s theme calls upon nations to promote hand hygiene as another way of combating COVID-19 as a direct response to the dictates of Sustainable Development Goal number 6.2 which urges countries that ‘By 2030, achieve access to adequate and equitable sanitation and hygiene for all and end open defecation, paying special attention to the needs of women and girls and those in vulnerable situations’.
“This year’s edition of the Global Hand Washing Day is running under the theme “Hand Hygiene for all”, the themefocuses on a clarion call for States to develop roadmaps for bridging the COVID-19 hand hygiene response to the achievement of SDG 6.2 additionally to promote hand hygiene as a common feature in public health interventions by embedding the practice across a wide spectrum of sectors and settings”, said Dr Chiwenga.
Global Hand Washing Day was first commemorated in 2008 and has become an annual event targeted at promoting hand hygiene and now leaders at various levels are urged to promote the construction of infrastructure which promotes clean hands.
“Since then the annual event has provided a platform for community and national leaders to spread the word about handwashing, build sinks and taps, and also demonstrate the simplicity and value of clean hands.
“This important day of the WASH sector was endorsed by governments, schools, international institutions, civil society organizations, private companies, individuals,” said VP Chiwenga.
The Health Minister called for washing of hands at all levels in various institutions and promoting behaviour change towards effective handwashing in line with this year’s theme.